Saturday, May 27, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Light, the Pope, his Toe and the Afterlife: Two Poems written along with my students in Poetry Class
The Pope, his Toe and the Afterlife
everything you say is bleeped out by birds
The above are two more poems that I wrote as my students wrote in creative writing class. The first one is based on David McGimpsey's "chubby sonnets" and inspired by his investigations into narrative, the self, and popular culture.
The second was inspired by Bhanu Kapil's interventions into the Urban Dictionary where she inserts her own poetic, obliquely narrative "definitions" into UrbanDictionary.com.
Monday, May 15, 2017
A student in the class asked me about endings. North's poem (like his comparisons) is deliberately antipoetic and anticlimatic. We talked about different ways to end a poem. With a big finish, a fade out, a twist, a turn, a reaching back to the first line or the title. Thinking about our discussion, as I wrote my realization of my North-derived poem, I turned the ending of the poem—after a listing of mostly ridiculous comparisons—into an occasion of sudden emotion. I also chained my comparisons, which North doesn't do, each comparison linking with the one before it. This, too, came from talking to my students about the poem and different ways to create cohesion, different formal ways to weave a poem together outside of narrative or other techniques.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
|Nerve Thicket Molar King|
Because I'm on the jury for the CBC Poetry Prize, they've asked me some questions about some booky things. Here are the two most recent.
Seven Books that Excite CBC Poetry Juror Gary Barwin
Becoming a Better Poet
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Wednesday, May 03, 2017
Monday, May 01, 2017
Very happy to have two reviews of my new collection, No TV for Woodpeckers this weekend.
Barb Carey at the Toronto Star wrote this lovely assessment.
And then Phillip Crymble the Hamilton Review of Books wrote this thoughtful discussion of the book.
And check out the entire Hamilton Review of Books. This second issue expands on the first issue—excellent essays, interviews and review.